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ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Firefighter’s Twins Author: Heidi McCahan Publisher: Love Inspired Release Date: June 1, 2018 Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
One single dad plus twin toddlers A formula for her new family? Since his wife left, fireman Shay Campbell has focused on work and his twin toddlers. But the lovely Natalie McDowell is making him rethink that decision. She’s great with his boys, and they adore her. But he can’t go through losing someone again. Will a dream job offer win Natalie’s heart, or does it belong to Shay and the twins?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heidi McCahan is the author of Covering Home, Unraveled, and Love Flies In. She is also an active RWA member and currently serves as secretary of the North Carolina chapter of ACFW. Heidi won the 2014 Idahope contest, and was a 2015 finalist in Harlequin’s Blurb 2 Book contest. A Pacific Northwest girl at heart, she was transplanted in the South several years ago, and currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and three boys. Heidi is a huge fan of coffee, dark chocolate, and happily ever after, and can often be found enjoying a good cup of coffee and a great book. The Firefighter’s Twins, her first novel with Harlequin Love Inspired, is available now.
The Firefighter’s Twins by Heidi McCahan is a very sweet Christian fiction novel that definitely left me smiling! The characters are well written and very realistic, the plot of the story is engaging, and the messages are timely.
I’m going to be honest here. I struggle to trust. Trust is one of the hardest things for me to do. I struggle to trust God and others. I am MAJOR Type-A. I love to control my surroundings as much as humanly possible. When life gets crazy and chaotic, I tend to clean because in my cleaning I can scrub out what is rotten and dirty, and organize everything the way I think they should be. I can create order out of disorder. There is a moment where Natalie, the heroine of this novel, thinks to herself, “If she was brutally honest, she had put a lot of faith in her own abilities, because God certainly hadn’t cooperated with her plans…So she stopped trusting Him.” WHOA! Was this moment a major mirror moment for me.
Those of you who know me, and those of you who have been reading my blog for some time now, know that my best friend is dealing with a scary, horrible, no good, rotten form of cancer that is so bad it only has a Stage IV. You know that I’ve been desperately praying. Lately, I have been struggling. It seems like my prayers for healing are not working, are not being heard. I’m terrified. The other day I was in my car driving back from a movie date with my best friend. I was struggling hard not to cry. I hate seeing her so frustrated and depressed. Wouldn’t you know it — at that very moment Lauren Daigle’s song Trust In You came on the radio! I burst into tears. I am failing at trusting in God. He isn’t moving this mountain called cancer. WHY?! So because He is not bending to my will, I am struggling. I feel so dumb even writing this. My head totally knows that God has this. God’s got control over my best friend and her situation. But, my heart is hurting and that hurting has put up a wall I MUST take down with God’s help. Natalie slowly comes to realize this too over the course of the novel. She is so focused on herself, what she thinks she finally deserves, and how her changes will positively effect everyone else (so they must be the right choices, right?!) that she becomes myopic. She leaves God out. Her praying becomes stunted. Natalie realizes she has to change her heart…and, I realize that too.
Another topic that comes to the forefront in this novel is that fear parents have in regards to their children. We want so desperately to protect our children from literally everything that we become a little crazy. We stop asking for help because only our way is the right way. We can’t possibly believe the notion that it takes a village to raise our children because the village is filled with crazy people who want to let our children play on a dirty swing set with stranger danger lurking around every corner. Are they insane!? We start to see enemies in everything and everyone. Wash your hands before you even think about looking at our kids, Grandma! Did our daughter just sniffle? Do we need to rush her to the ER? Was that kid mean to our precious child? Do we need to visit the principal and the superintendent? This is exactly how Shay, the hero of The Firefighter’s Twins, behaves in this novel. Watching Shay parent is sometimes hilarious, often annoying, and completely relatable! Again, the issue isn’t really one of fear, but of trust. Our children are created by GOD. He used His two competent hands to perfectly create our children. They aren’t technically ours. They are HIS. As parents, we need to trust in His will for our children. We need to learn to not see danger around every corner, but instead allow our kids to grow up into independent, strong, capable adults who love and trust in God themselves. When we let our fear get the better of us, we are really just hurting our kids. We aren’t actually being the parent they need. What a truly excellent reminder for me as a mother!
So, I guess this novel pulled a lot out of me. I kind of feel like I just spent an hour on God’s counseling couch writing this post. When it came time for me to read this novel, I never expected that I was going to get anything other than a sweet and satisfying story. I got that for sure, but I got so much more. God really spoke to me through Natalie’s and Shay’s struggles. He definitely showed me a few areas I still need to work on! If you are looking for a really fun story with depth that gets you to look inside yourself and see who you really are as a parent and as a child of God then The Firefighter’s Twins is definitely the novel for you.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author and Just Read Tours. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
(photo by Heidi McCahan)
Heidi McCahan has put together a FABULOUS giveaway for readers! One winner (US only) will receive:
Magnolia Market tote bag Hearth & Hand Magnolia Notepad + tell your story pencil 4 magnetic bookmarks $25 Amazon Gift Card Gratitude journal + lists notebook weekly planning pad Things I Never Told You by Beth K. Vogt Falling for You by Becky Wade The Firefighter’s Twins by Heidi McCahan Giveaway will run from midnight June 1, 2018 through 11:59pm June 11, 2018. It is subject to the policies found here.
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